Saudi Arabia To Acknowledge Death Of Reporter, WWE Still Planning Crown Jewel

WWE under pressure to cancel Saudi Arabia show over missing journalist

After showing a clip of wrestler/actor John Cena expressing "a genuine thank you to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia" (that moment in the Last Week Tonight segment comes in at about the 7:50 mark above), Oliver said, "It seems the WWE is as overtly pro-Saudi Arabia as it is latently homoerotic, which is to say, intensely".

There is a situation regarding the backlash of the disappearance of Washington Post reporter Jamal Khashoggi, who was a Saudi Arabian national who had been critical of aspects of the country in his reporting.

Shawn Michaels' in-ring return will take place in a tag team match at WWE Crown Jewel.

Khashoggi, an outspoken critic of the regime, hasn't been seen since entering a Saudi consulate in Islamabad on October 2.

BBC News report that a Turkish security source has video and audio proving Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate.

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Several senators have come forward and urged WWE to scrap the Crown Jewel event - and its agreement with Saudi Arabia entirely - in the wake of Khashoggi's disappearance and alleged murder.

April's Greatest Royal Rumble was generally badly received by wrestling fans for being little more than a filler show - but the event was marred with more serious controversy from further afield.

As Oliver pointed out, a "much grimmer story" was going on in Saudi Arabia even then - for example, women who had campaigned for driving rights had been arrested even as their accomplishment was being heralded.

A promotional video shown during the event did feature female wrestlers, however, for which the Saudi General Sports Authority felt the need to release an apology, calling it "incident material".

Saudi Arabia's stringent laws against both women and the LGBT flies in the face of many performers in the company, not to mention the WWE's audience itself.

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